The Champions League is one of the most-watched sporting tournaments of every year, and we are already deep into the 2021/22 Champions League season. Thirty-two teams qualify for the Champions League, either by winning their domestic leagues or finishing top four in their league. This is only for leagues with a high UEFA co-efficient, like La Liga, the Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue One, and so on. Teams that win their domestic league in smaller leagues like Sweden, Austria, and Moldova must qualify through a playoff. Teams can also automatically qualify by winning the Champions League or Europa League the previous year.
Eventually, there are 32 qualified teams, and they are organized into four different pots, so teams from the same association are separated. Teams are drawn from every pot until there are eight groups of four. This is what’s called the group stage. Teams play each member of their group twice. The winner and runner-up of each group stage will advance to the knockout round.
Once the knockout round commences, teams are drawn to play against other teams, with winners playing runners-up in other groups. These teams play two games, with the team that wins the combined score of the two games proceeding to the next round. If they are tied, the second game goes into two extra times and then penalty kicks. Whoever wins proceeds to the next round; this is the format through the semi-finals.
The final is a single-elimination game between the two teams remaining. Whoever wins this game at the end of regulation or extra time is crowned the champion of European soccer.
The 2021/22 Champions League is into the quarterfinals right now, with the action really starting to heat up. There is still so much excitement remaining, and this league is so star-studded it beats even making EPL parlays or MLS parlays. It is a top soccer league to bet on.
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